Egerton 1070, f. 94v

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A book of hours in Paris in the Bibliothèque Mazarine (ms. 469), apparently made for the dauphin Louis de Guyenne around 1415, was formerly attributed to the Boucicaut Master but is now the eponymous manuscript for the distinctive Mazarine Master (fl. in Paris, c. 1400-1420). The two artists share similar styles, but there are characteristic differences: the Mazarine Master often paints a layer of green beneath his flesh tones, and his figures are more roundly modelled. In contrast, the Boucicaut Master prefers very light flesh tones formed primarily by small grey brushstrokes. Finding a vivid echo first in the work of the Mazarine Master are miniatures filling the entire picture page and animated borders incorporating medallions related to the main image (later a signature of the Bedford Master); these devices were apparently brought to Paris by the Italian Master of the Brussels Initials. Different from the Boucicaut Master are the coloured backgrounds with gold acanthus, which are also used by the Mazarine Master’s main collaborator, the Egerton Master. The angel in the margin carrying a branch intertwined with acanthus follows the concept for borders invented by the Egerton Master.  
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